This is the outline of my second Signs ‘n Storytime!
For this storytime, I use a basic storytime pattern that my colleague created. I don’t sign the whole thing, or even a whole book. I’m not fluent. Instead, I first pick a theme I think would be useful for a parent and their child. Then, I try to pick books that have words that would be useful for a toddler to know. When I come across this word in the book, I show and describe the sign. Then, if it repeats throughout we all do the sign together. At the end of the book, we practice again all the words in that book. Finally, at the end of storytime, we review all the signs we learned from all the books
SONG: “Hello Friends” in ASL
taken from Jbrary
I changed this one a little so instead of doing it time to “say” Hello, I sing, “it’s time to Sign Hello” and use the ASL word for sign
MOVEMENT: Hokey Pokey
MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Before watching, we learned the sign for:
Book: Guess What? – Food by Yusuke Yonezu
(signs to use: bread, cheese, corn)
Book: Orange Pear Apple Bear
(signs to use: orange, pear, apple, bear)
Book: Guess What? – Fruit by Yusuke Yonezu
(signs to use: apple, banana, orange, grapes)
Book: The Big Blue Bowl: Sign Language for Food by Dawn Babb Prochovnic, illustrated by Stephanie Bauer (this would make a good flannelboard)
I also found this video from LifePrint useful when planning my program.
HOW IT WENT: I had a larger group for this program, so that was exciting. Some patrons mentioned that they wish this was on a weekly basis, but it does take a while to prep for, and since I am not fluent, I don’t know if I would be able to sustain that many sessions. We shall see how it progresses.
PRESENTED: Thursday, August 9, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 13 people (adults and children)